News: Our books – introducing our new title A Forgiven Friend

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The countdown begins…it’s just seven days to publication of A Forgiven Friend, the final book in our FRIENDS trilogy.

Susan and I have now written five books together – three novels and two journalism textbooks – and the thrill, and trepidation, of sending a new book into the world is just as intense whether it’s the first or the fifth.

It’s more than thirteen years since we first started writing together when we were both teaching journalism to higher education students. Me at Sheffield Hallam and Susan at Leeds Trinity. Continue reading

Our novels: Sue Featherstone and Susan Pape

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A Forsaken Friend

A Forsaken Friend

The FRIENDS trilogy continues in this heart-warming and hilarious hoot as two best friends navigate men, careers and rock bottom in this brilliant sequel to A Falling Friend.

Published by Lakewater Press.

Available to buy on Amazon.

About the book:

No-one said friendship was easy.

Things can’t get much worse for Teri Meyer. If losing her job at the university and the regular allowance from her dad’s factory isn’t bad enough, now her ex-best friend has gone and stolen her ex-husband!

Well, to hell with them all. A few weeks in the countryside at her brother’s smallholding should do the trick – and the gorgeous and god-like neighbour might help. Continue reading

Review: Lucy Mathers Goes Back to Work is a chuckle-filled page turner

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It’s not often you meet a book character and think: ‘Oh, I’ve walked in your shoes.’

Well, not the sky-high ones favoured by Lucy Mathers, in Julie Butterfield’s delightful romantic comedy Lucy Mathers Goes Back to Work.

But, in all other respects, Lucy – her separation anxiety, her professional insecurities and general just-about-coping-ness – could have been me.

And, probably, every other woman returning to work after children.

Poor old Lucy doesn’t even want to go back to her old job at Simcock & Bright, where she was once the golden girl.

She’s perfectly happy being a stay-at-home mum and doesn’t regret swapping her Louboutins and high profile clients for rabbit slippers and spending her day making crustless sandwiches for her two adorable children.

But, when her when her husband is suddenly made redundant, there’s panic in the Mathers’ household.

With a mortgage the size of the national debt and a credit card balance that’s in danger of toppling, Lucy reluctantly decides she must return to work. Continue reading

News: Happy book birthday to A Forgiven Friend, final novel in our FRIENDS trilogy

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Birthdays are always great fun – and there’s no fun like a book birthday.

It’s publication day for our third novel A Forgiven Friend – the final instalment in our FRIENDS series.

It continues the story of best friends Teri Meyer and Lee Harper as they juggle work, life and love – usually with a glass of wine or a cup of weak Earl Grey tea to hand. Or ‘gnat’s piss’ as Teri usually describes it.

For an exclusive peek at what happens next head over to BookWorms Corner Blog Spot for an exclusive extract.

Purchase links:

UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/FORGIVEN-FRIEND-Witty-Attitude-FRIENDS-ebook/dp/B07Z53NX51

US – https://www.amazon.com/FORGIVEN-FRIEND-Witty-Attitude-FRIENDS-ebook/dp/B07Z53NX51

Meet  the author: Outreach author Shelly Berry shares a guilty secret…

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Photo credit: Bianca Kirby.

Find out why author Shelly Berry is grateful she never acted on an office crush and how the experience inspired the plot of her new novel Outreach.

Also learn why her days as a girl guide mean she always likes to ‘Be Prepared’ and why she’s worrying about moving house.

And don’t miss out on a chance (UK entrants only) to win a paperback copy of Outreach. Continue reading

Review: The Honeysuckle Dream by Kate Frost takes readers on a heart-warming trip

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in Norfolk recently – the new go-to county for authors.

And I’m enjoying my little trips – including the most recent one, courtesy of Kate Frost, and her novel The Honeysuckle Dream, which also includes stop-offs in Bristol, Sheffield, Pembrokeshire and Cephalonia (where the weather was warmer than at all the other destinations).

Did I say enjoying?

Actually, by chapter two I was fizzing with fury on behalf of poor betrayed, pregnant nineteen-year-old Leila, whose mother tells her the much older, Continue reading

Review: Weave of Love, a tale of post-apocalyptic choices and consequences from Rachel J. Bonner

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In a futuristic world, ripped apart by a devastating war, Leonie hovers on the brink of death after harnessing her extra-ordinary mental powers to save the victims of a horrible explosion.

Husband Perry, a former monk, who showed Leonie how to harness those powers, is wracked with guilt.

And, though, he knows she is receiving the best possible care from his former brothers at the monastery of the House of St Peter, he is tortured with thoughts of ‘what if?’

Meanwhile, his mentor, and Leonie’s adopted Continue reading

Read an extract: Birthday blog tour bash for The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn

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Confession time: I fell in love with The Summer Springsteen’s Songs Saved Me by Barbara Quinn when it first came out two years ago.

You can read my thoughts on this stunning tale of love and loss, loyalty and new beginnings and affirmation that there’s more to America and Americans than President Trump here.

In the meantime, as part of a birthday blog tour bash, you’ll find an extract below to whet your appetite for more…

First though a little about the book:

Coming home to catch her husband with his face between the long, silky legs of another woman is the last thing Sofia expects—and on today of all days. Continue reading

Viewpoint: Celebrities telling stories about their lives? It must be literature festival time and they’ve books to flog.

You can hardly open a newspaper this month without there being articles featuring comments, opinions and stories by, from and about celebrities.

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis on why she’s banned from wearing bright clothes on screen; David Cameron talking about his daughter asking if it’s true he was prime minister; former Radio 4 Today presenter John Humphrys accusing the BBC of bias…

And many more… But why now?

Easy: it’s literature festival time and these celebrities have been appearing at one or another – because they’ve got books to flog. Continue reading

Viewpoint: When did you start to write? Have you joined a band of authors who left it until they’d retired?

There have been lots of messages on Twitter and Facebook about when writers started to write fiction with the emphasis being on those who didn’t start ‘seriously’ until they’d given up full-time, paid employment.

It seems a remarkable number waited until they retired before feeling they had the time (and the financial resources) to take up writing – even if writing was something they’d wanted to do since they were young. Continue reading

Review: Moorings takes David Blake’s Norfolk crime series on a third deadly outing

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A war veteran murdered in his bath, a crooked property developer, a family with a deadly secret that refuses to stay buried…

It’s clear DI John Tanner and sidekick DC Jenny Evans have their work cut out in Moorings, the third instalment of David Blake’s Norfolk-based murder mystery series.

There’s twists and turns aplenty, and a couple more corpses, before Tanner and Evans realise they’ve been looking in the wrong direction.

And, if you can identify the killer before they do…well, you’re a better detective than me. Continue reading